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Qualifications and training for vessel traffic service operators

We require vessel traffic service operators (VTSOs) to be qualified and trained.

To become a VTSO, you must have the following qualifications and training:

  1. You must hold a V-103 certificate that is appropriate to the functions of the VTSO and is issued by a vessel traffic services (VTS) training organisation that is accredited by AMSA in accordance with Marine Order 64 (Vessel Traffic Services)
  2. Have satisfactorily completed on the job training* at the VTS Centre at which you will be employed.

If you don't hold a V-103 certificate and have not completed on the job training, you can still become a VTSO with the following qualifications and training:

  1. Have proof that you are completing a V-103 course delivered by a VTS training organisation that we have accredited in accordance with Marine Order 64 (Vessel Traffic Services)
  2. Satisfactorily complete on the job training at the VTS centre which is employing you
  3. Operate under the supervision of a VTS operator who holds a V-103 Certificate issued by a VTS training organisation we have accredited in accordance with Marine Order 64 (Vessel Traffic Services).

* Note: on the job training occurs at the VTS centre at which you are employed. It includes training on the particular types of service provided by the VTS centre, the facilities and equipment used as well as the local geography and appropriate port regulations and procedures. Assessment of on the job training should be carried out by a person/s appropriately qualified and experienced holding a Certificate IV in training and assessment or an IALA V-103/4 VTS on the job training instructor certificate.

Last updated: 10 November 2017
Last reviewed: 10 November 2017